A DWP WORKER UNDER THE CONDEM JACKBOOT WRITES
Via Same Difference 7th October 2013
Can you post this anonymously, please?
I work for the DWP.
I am going through a divorce caused by my depression at what I am doing each day.
I am in a written warning for being off sick despite Atos saying on my OHS (Occupational Health) that I need time and less focus on my targets.
My wife just can’t take anymore.
I can’t actually believe that I am working for these people – that I am partially to blame and part of what is being done to innocent people.
I feel like a piece of shit and can see no way out.
I have worked for DWP since I left school 15 years ago and until two years ago I got a letter every year for having no sick time.
Since then, I have had a total of four weeks off – each time signed off by my GP with work-related stress, depression and anxiety and now; if I have more than 5 more days between now and next August, I will be considered for dismissal.
So many of us are ourselves becoming ill with what is happening but they want to use any excuse to get rid of us.
Your readers are not without support from a lot of us: we are in this together.
We all know we are easily replaced by outsourcing companies and we know that they won’t care.
So many of us could have gone to better paid jobs in the private sector but we took pride in helping our customers who are often so vulnerable.
Now the pressure is unbearable.
We know it’s going to get much worse as this government push ahead with plans that colleagues who worked through the Thatcher years say even she didn’t even consider.
All we can do – your readers and us, alike – is hang in in there.
Can you source this back to us as otherwise it could be just some construed as mis-information floating about.
This is a genuine message from someone who we know to be genuine.
They have been brave to tell us and glad you’re helping expose it – we’re the only ones who can hand-on-heart say ‘this is true and happening’.
After their bravery we don’t want their message to be mis-used by others.